GEMMI Lab

Geneva Musical Minds Laboratory

 

Domains: Development and Plasticity, Sensory and Motor Systems, Perception, Attention & Cognition

Keywords : Brain plasticity, Child development, Countervail age-related cognitive decline, Musical training regimens

Research Aims:

  • Develop musical training regimens that bolster cognitive, sensorimotor and brain development in healthy primary school children
  • Develop musical training regimens that countervail normal and pathological cognitive, sensorimotor and brain decline in elderly
  • Investigating the cerebral features of human motor behavior
  • Study cognitive and brain features of musicians with absolute pitch

Members of the GEMMI Lab :

Director:

Clara James, PhD,

  • Full Professor UAS
  • Head of Research at the Geneva School of Health Sciences HES-SO
  • Privat Docent at the Psychology Department of the University of Geneva (UNIGE)

Scientific collaborators:

  • Dr. Damien Marie, PhD in Neuroscience ; Postdoctoral fellow
  • Laura Abdili, MSc in Psychology
  • Cyrille Stucker, MSc in Psychology, internship

Music teachers on the Train the brain with music project:

  • Laure Zaugg, MSc in Music Education and Cello teacher at the Neuchâtel University of Music (HEM)
  • Angelica Cibotaru, Master student (piano) at the Geneva University of Music (HEM)

Music teachers, who will realize their Master thesis on the Train the brain with music project:

  • Xavier Favier, Master student (piano) at the Geneva University of Music (HEM)
  • Bernat Català Rams, Master student (piano) at the Geneva University of Music (HEM)

Master students in Psychology at the UNIGE who will realize their Master thesis on the Train the brain with music project:

  • Nadia Bersier, MSc student in Psychology at the UNIGE
  • Pauline Berthouzoz, MSc student in Psychology at the UNIGE

Master students in Neuroscience from the University of Geneva, who will realize their Master thesis on the Train the brain with music project:

  • David Müller, MSc student in Neuroscience at the UNIGE
  • Cecile Mueller, MSc student in Neuroscience at the UNIGE

Main research projects:

  1. Train the brain with music (2018-...): Brain Plasticity and cognitive benefits induced by musical practice in elderly people in Germany & Switzerland (SNSF 100019E-170410)
  2. Orchestre en classe (2016-18): L’impact de l'initiative "Orchestre en classe" au sein d’une école publique genevoise sur le développement cognitif et sensorimoteur de l’enfant
  3. Musical Minds (2019-14) : Behavioral, neuro-functional and neuro-anatomical correlates of experience dependent music perception (SNSF 100014_125050)

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